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Around 24,000 jobs have been generated by 312 local governments as the nation attempts to deal with the deepening recession, according to a survey by the All Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers’ Union released Saturday.

However, only 100 of the jobs are regular positions, and they have attracted a flood of applicants. Most of the temporary positions, meanwhile, remain unfilled, indicating people are reluctant to take on unstable, irregular employment.

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